Three Steps to a Beautiful Ceremony
Select the wedding package that suits you.
Contact Dr. Cole to find out if he is available on your wedding date. By all means ask any other questions. There is no obligation or charge for consultation.
Email Dr. Cole or call 941-920-4100
To reserve Dr. Cole's services all you need to do is to send in the simple reservation form with your deposit. Click here to download PDF reservation form. Print this, fill it out and mail with your deposit check. Sending in the simple reservation form chisels your wedding date in stone on the Pastor’s calendar.
The Wedding Packages
The packages are listed here with their recommended honorarium. Please carefully go over all the informative details below this section to see which package best suits you.
Gentry - simple ceremonies $275
Aristocracy - minor customization $325
Nobility - with day-before rehearsal $375
Royalty - customization & rehearsal $425
All packages include these courtesy benefits:
Pre-wedding consultation, Wedding Ceremony Coordination (or work with coordinator), Expert Performance of Ceremony, Original Manuscript of your vows encased for your album, Hand-calligraphered marriage license, Filing license paperwork after wedding, No surprise charges or travel expenses
ROYALTY WEDDING PACKAGE - $425
Incorporating special prayers or readings
Coaching chosen guest readers
Including world wedding traditions
Formal Rehearsal coordination
Royal Purple clergy robes if requested
This grand and professional package is for the discerning bride and groom that wish their wedding ceremony to be something out of the ordinary—something original, profoundly spiritual and unforgettable. This personal touch includes all the little extras. Dr. Cole is available in person for pre-wedding consultation. His expertise encompasses all aspects of wedding coordination. His advice can save you thousands and steer you away from making some costly and embarrassing mistakes.
The ceremony can be tailored to your spiritual and cultural traditions or created from your own conception. The starting point for your ceremony can be non-denominational, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, or interfaith. Then heaven is the limit. Apart from the groomsmen and bridal party, you may want to honor family members or friends by including them in the ceremony itself (rose presentation, unity candles, reading a scripture, poetry or a personal message.
After the ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction, Dr. Cole will expertly coordinate the rehearsal from start to finish to make sure everything goes as smooth as silk. After the ceremony your marriage license will be hand-calligraphered. The beautifully presented ceremony manuscript will be bound and provided as a momento for your wedding album.
NOBILITY WEDDING PACKAGE - $375
Choice of Scriptures
Optional unity candle (you provide)
Rehearsal Coordination (Day-before wedding)
Protestant or Catholic clergy robes
Noble souls find these most popular options both personal and meaningful. The Nobility Package is designed for the Christian couple (Protestant or Catholic) that wishes to pledge their faithfulness through their own spiritual tradition. Dr. Cole will consult with the bride and groom and work out all the options and details to your total satisfaction. If you wish to meet Dr. Cole in person for consultation he will invite you to his home in Parrish, Florida to do so. If you are unable to make the journey then other methods of communication can be used. There are several selections for you to make. You may choose the wedding scriptures that have the most meaning to you. The Unity Candle is optional. The basic form of the Christian wedding ceremony is as shown on this site. The ceremony lasts from 22 to 27 minutes. Dr. Cole will expertly coordinate the rehearsal from start to finish to make sure everything goes as smooth as silk. There is no extra charge for travel to and from the rehearsal and the wedding celebration. As a rule, Dr. Cole plans to be at the rehearsal at least an hour early and at the wedding location at least two hours early.
ARISTOCRACY WEDDING PACKAGE - $325
Includes all Gentry services above and in addition
Minor Customizations to your order
Option of scriptures and guest readers
Unity Candle option in ceremony (you provide)
Clergy robes (Protestant or Catholic) worn as requested
GENTRY WEDDING PACKAGE - $275
Ideal for intimate informal weddings
Christian Wedding Ceremony with scriptures as published
Simple Ceremony without customization or Unity Candle
Impromptu rehearsal on wedding day
Clergy collar worn by pastor (for robes see Aristocracy)
Designed for small bridal parties only
The Gentry and Aristocracy packages are designed for the couple who are head over heals in love. They do not want the hassle, the occasional headaches or the wait that go along with planning a big wedding. They have, perhaps wisely, decided to surround themselves with their closest friends and family and just get married. Though they may not be churchy people, they are truly spiritual. God is an important part of their lives and they know that He is the most important guest at their wedding. They are discerning and hold their vows to be sacred. So just a notary public, a mail-in minister or justice of the peace will not do. Dr. Cole will arrive early at their chosen wedding location to meet the bride and groom and their entourage. He will conduct an impromptu rehearsal before the ceremony starts. The Christian Wedding ceremony is generally the slightly shortened version (the option without the unity candle lasts 17 to 22 minutes). He will tie the knot as tight as two mortals are able, with the help of God.
Wedding Styles & Preparation
When you reserve Dr. Cole for your wedding, you will have his undivided attention. Yours will be the only wedding that is booked for your wedding day. Dr. Cole’s many ministries have crossed denominational boundaries. He has served as a Pastor and Priest in many institutions (non-denominational, Protestant and Catholic--see resume). Likewise, Dr. Cole has experience with every type of ceremony (formal and casual) from religious ceremonies in Westminster Abbey to civil dedication ceremonies with George W. Bush to barefoot weddings on the beach. Any type of clergy attire can be requested for your ceremony. This includes Protestant or Catholic robes, tuxedo or suit, clergy collar or tie, or even shorts and sandals. Just answer the premarital questionnaire with each other. It is brief, helpful and completes premarital requirements. It is so simple that Dr. Cole need not go over it with you unless you have specific questions.
Dr. Cole has a sacred calling from God to guide people through a most wondrous transition. “As God ordained from the beginning of time, man shall leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife.” This is not a business; it is a ministry. If you are truly in love and committed to one another for life, this is a celebration from which no couple should be turned away. If you simply cannot afford a wedding, Dr. Cole can still help you. There is a beautiful gazebo adorning a lake in Parrish, Florida. It is tucked away in the breezy shade of Live Oaks that have stood for centuries. Next to it, there is a wooden walkway that overlooks the beautiful Manatee River. If you will travel to either of these locations in Parrish, Florida, Dr. Cole will marry you in the sight of God. After securing your date with the customary deposit, you may offer a gratuity of whatever you can afford to pay. God in his grace has blessed Dr. Cole with 10 years of happy marriage; he believes no one should be barred from such joy. Just make an appointment. (Sunday through Thursday only please)